We are sad to share the the 2021 Austin Pride Parade was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. However, we still want to commemorate the occasion by revealing our colorful Pride Bus, which would have rolled on down Congress Avenue in the parade. CapMetro opened submissions to our community on Instagram for the Pride bus design theme and our marketing team was especially inspired by the entry “Bus-ting with Pride,” submitted by Tyler Ryan.
The final design is, in fact, busting with pride! The bus is covered in an explosion of rainbows, flowers, and unicorns alongside the message “Can’t Hide Our Pride.” The bus is absolutely magical in the daylight, but just wait until you see it at night! For the parade, our team carefully shaped LED lights around details of the vinyl wrap, which enhance the visual impact of our overwhelming pride.
Although the bus won’t make a parade appearance this year, the bus will operate in regular service until the end of September. If you see the Pride Bus out and about, snap a photo and be sure to tag us @capmetroatx! We also planned a little photo shoot to capture the bus in all its glory and invited contest winner Tyler Ryan and his friend Jake Rodriguez to see the completed design in person.
Capital Metro is proud to support and empower the LGBTQ+ community in and around Austin, all year-round. We wish you a happy, safe Pride Month and look forward to creating next year’s Pride bus design!